Nine year NBA veteran Andray Blatche has signed a one-year deal with the CBA’s Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers.
Blatche appeared in 73 games and made seven starts for the Brooklyn Nets last season; he averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game.
Blatche most recently starred for the Philippines in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. As the squad’s naturalized player, Blatche averaged 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game for the tournament.
The Philippines failed to make it past the group stage, but it played a number of close games, nearly pulling off upsets against Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico. The Gilas also registered their first World Cup victory since 1974 when they defeated Senegal 81-79 in their group phase finale. Blatche played a key role in the victory, logging team highs in both points and rebounds with 18 and 14, respectively.
Joining Blatche on the Flying Tigers is former Xavier star Jordan Crawford. Crawford averaged 11 points and 3.5 assists per game while splitting time between the Celtics and Warriors last season.
Xinjiang reached the CBA finals for the fourth time last year, but it failed to capture its first championship. The Beijing Ducks won the title, defeating the Flying Tigers in six games.
Perhaps with Blatche and Crawford on board, Xinjiang will finally collect some playoff hardware.